Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything to stand firm. Ephesians 6: 10-13 NRSV
I can do it myself.
Those of us with small children have probably heard this often. Those of us with even older children may not hear this but see it in action on a daily basis.
And I am truly guilty of trying to do it (all) myself.
I would rather get it done my way, in my time without having to ask for any help. Also, I like doing it without appearing weak or helpless.
But Paul point us in the right direction: toward God and God's power.
This is not a battle you can fight on your own, with your own strength. No matter how physically fit you are, you will need God's power and God's protection to withstand what is truly dangerous. You may possibly not put much stock in the devil's power. Nevertheless, we all need God's strength to be the people whom God calls to carry out God's mission and message in the world.
Don't try doing this on your own.
You need help: God's help.
God, we need your strength, your full armor and your power. We cannot do this on our own. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Question of the day: What battles do you need help with right now?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims